Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

27-1013 Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,980 6.4 % $24.47 $50,900 3.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.87 $13.06 $20.48 $29.97 $43.84
Annual Wage (2) $18,450 $27,160 $42,610 $62,350 $91,200


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,070 8.17 $22.96 $47,760
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,190 0.32 $33.00 $68,630
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 810 0.28 $17.52 $36,440
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 580 0.13 $27.13 $56,430
Specialized Design Services 480 0.39 $22.83 $47,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 4,070 8.17 $22.96 $47,760
Specialized Design Services 480 0.39 $22.83 $47,490
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,190 0.32 $33.00 $68,630
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 810 0.28 $17.52 $36,440
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 150 0.19 $18.98 $39,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Software Publishers 460 0.16 $38.18 $79,420
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,190 0.32 $33.00 $68,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $30.63 $63,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30 (7) $29.68 $61,730
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 190 0.04 $29.66 $61,690


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,990 0.20 2.25 $29.88 $62,160
New York 1,010 0.12 1.29 $33.35 $69,380
Florida 690 0.09 1.02 $18.95 $39,410
Washington 590 0.21 2.30 $33.93 $70,580
Texas 530 0.05 0.53 $24.62 $51,200




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 590 0.21 2.30 $33.93 $70,580
California 2,990 0.20 2.25 $29.88 $62,160
Utah 220 0.18 1.99 $18.23 $37,920
Connecticut 270 0.16 1.81 $28.71 $59,720
Oklahoma 200 0.13 1.44 $21.17 $44,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 590 0.21 2.30 $33.93 $70,580
New York 1,010 0.12 1.29 $33.35 $69,380
California 2,990 0.20 2.25 $29.88 $62,160
Connecticut 270 0.16 1.81 $28.71 $59,720
Michigan 280 0.07 0.78 $26.30 $54,710





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.50 5.50 $32.56 $67,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.17 1.89 $34.26 $71,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.37 4.07 $35.33 $73,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.34 3.79 $15.44 $32,120
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.31 3.44 $17.80 $37,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.90 $24.50 $50,950
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 280 0.29 3.16 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 1.63 $19.44 $40,430
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.49 5.47 $29.95 $62,300
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.16 1.82 $32.41 $67,420




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.50 5.50 $32.56 $67,730
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.49 5.47 $29.95 $62,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.37 4.07 $35.33 $73,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 440 0.34 3.79 $15.44 $32,120
Provo-Orem, UT 60 0.34 3.80 $18.65 $38,780
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.33 3.62 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.31 3.44 $17.80 $37,030
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 60 0.29 3.20 $19.57 $40,710
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 280 0.29 3.16 (8) (8)
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 50 0.20 2.17 $15.13 $31,460




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.87 $80,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 1.19 $37.44 $77,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 530 0.37 4.07 $35.33 $73,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.17 1.89 $34.26 $71,270
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.52 $33.33 $69,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.50 5.50 $32.56 $67,730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.16 1.82 $32.41 $67,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 140 0.07 0.73 $31.45 $65,420
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 1.12 $30.72 $63,890
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 210 0.49 5.47 $29.95 $62,300


About May 2013 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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